Sometimes you have to get a little dirty to come clean. As is the case with this new remix to my original DIY Mud Wash for Hair recipe. This version still uses bentonite clay as the base, and aloe vera juice for moisture, but introduces some new ingredients that I’ve been playing with.
I’ve been using this recipe consistently for nearly a month now, and without a doubt it is the best cleanser I’ve ever used. With every use, my hair and scalp have felt uber clean, without being stripped. The tresses were so soft, that I skipped conditioning all together. My curls stayed springy and required much less moisturizing through the week.
The videos below (originally posted to Instagram) walk through the steps of the recipe. I’ve also included the full written recipe and instructions.
DIY Mud Wash For Hair: The Remix
Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)
- 3 tbs bentonite clay powder; draws out toxins, dirt, product build-up, and improves combability.
- 1 tbs organic powdered honey; moisturizing, humectant, natural cleanser and softener.
- 1 tbs organic slippery elm powder; contains procyanidins that protects against surface damage and protein loss; increases tensile strength.
- 3 ozs aloe vera juice; moisturizing, humectant, ideally pH balanced for hair.
Part 1: Mix the bentonite clay, powdered honey and slippery elm powder in a bowl.
Part 2: Funnel the mixture into a bottle. Pour the aloe vera juice into the bottle. Shake well. The consistency is perfect–loose enough the spread easily without being drippy and messy.
To use, wet hair and apply the mud wash to the full length of your hair, scalp and massage. Leave on for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This recipe should be enough for two washes. Refrigerate the leftovers and use within a week. As always, conduct a patch test to determine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
I am so in love with this recipe, but I wish it had a better scent. I’ve been experimenting with organic cocoa powder which smells divine, and is loaded with antioxidants that protect against free radicals. More thoughts on that later.